Taper Corrision

AORecon Newsletter No 3


Dear Reader,


Welcome to the third issue!


Corrosion at the taper joint constitutes a challenging, multi-factorial problem. It is certainly much-discussed among orthopedic experts, as modular taper connections are highly appreciated for their surgical flexibility. This newsletter shines a spotlight on the topic from historical, diagnostic, and surgical perspectives.



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Taper corrosion: risks, tools for diagnosis and surgical strategies


The last thirty years have seen many advances in the field of orthopedic medicine. The introduction of a modular taper joint for use in hip arthroplasty was embraced by surgeons for its intraoperative flexibility. However, it's been discovered that the modular taper is prone to corrosion and linked to problems such as pain, instability, pseudotumors, poor outcomes, increased revision rates, and higher rates of mortality.


Compounding the problem is the fact that researchers have not yet been able to reproduce the problem experimentally, which makes it a challenge to systematically understand the roles of contributing factors. This three-part article series on taper corrosion provides some background, looks at criteria to guide a diagnosis, as well as some points to consider when surgical intervention is under discussion.


Risk factors

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Surgical options
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